26 September 2023

U2 makes it a ‘Beautiful Day’ for firies

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One of the world’s most famous bands took the time to thank more than 100 Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighters as they headed off to fight the bushfires in NSW.

CFA strike teams from District 14, 2, 7 and 8 crossed paths with Irish rockers, U2 at Melbourne Airport when Bono and the band stopped their car to meet the firefighters.

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the band’s plane was parked next to the military aircraft that was set to transport CFA crews to the NSW fire fronts.

“They heard our crews were here and they sought us out to thank us for our contribution and assistance during the NSW bushfires,” Mr Warrington said.

State Agency Commander for CFA, Mark Kennedy said the band members shook CFA members’ hands and thanked them for their firefighting efforts.

“They got us all together and had the time to have a quick chat with everyone and get photos,” Mr Kennedy said.

“Bono and The Edge told CFA members they’re doing a great job and they took such a keen interest in everyone’s story,” he said.

Mr Kennedy said that there were a few big fans among the crew, which made it “a pretty special moment” for many CFA members.

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